Construction workers brave the elements

January 02, 2018 01:17 PM

SCHENECTADY - For construction workers, the outdoors is their office whether the heat is on or not. At Union College, there's a team of more than 40 braving the elements to continue to build the $100 million Integrated Science and Engineering Complex. The largest project in school history began last spring.

The workers can take shelter behind tarps strung between steel girders to cut down on the wind. There are also some heaters available.

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Their extremities are covered from lined work wear up to their hard hats; very little skin is exposed.

"We're constantly looking at the weather forecast, putting in stop-gaps, what makes sense, bring the crews inside," said Bill Steele, Project Manager with Turner Construction. "Some operations we may simply not be able to perform. It's all about protecting the workers and moving forward with the project at the same time."

"You're rolling the dice and that's where you just have to pre-plan, understand what's coming at you and circle the wagons, as they say," Steele added. "Try and stay warm, but also to develop the best path forward where everybody is safe and comfortable performing their job."


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